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Oklahoma CB Jamell Fleming not enrolled in school

Posted on: February 25, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 4:17 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Oklahoma has been in headlines this week with their self-reported secondary violations caused by excessive offseason workouts.  So I guess they figured that everyone would be distracted when the Sooners dropped a suspicious note about starting cornerback Jamell Fleming on Friday.  The athletic department issued a release stating that Fleming is not currently enrolled at Oklahoma and will not be participating in spring practices.

"We're hopeful that Jamell can work through the things he's facing and resume his college career," head coach Bob Stoops said in the release.  The schools did not offer any other details on Fleming's academic or athletic status, though the star cornerback does have one year of football eligibility remaining.

Fleming led the Sooners with five interceptions in 2010, and his 14 pass breakups were among the most in the nation.  With Oklahoma entering the 2011 season as an early Big 12 (and possibly national) title favorite, this could be a big blow for the Sooners.  The situation is referred to as a "personal matter," so his return to the field in the fall is still possible.  However, the phrase "personal matter" could encompass any number of off-field issues.  When Fliming resumes his college career, the extent of the "issues" will likely impact whether he returns to the field.  If he does not, Fleming's promising career with the Sooners may be ending just as fast as it started.      


Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 1:40 am

Oklahoma CB Jamell Fleming not enrolled in school

I am definitly not distracted.  Not good as they would say, but I hope he gets his "issues" straightened out and is able to enroll for the summer.  This is not great news by any stretch for a secondary that lost two impact players in Cory Nelson and Quinton Carter.  He was definitly a guy I pinned some of our outcome on.   I like the depth, so I think he is not irreplacable, but he was definitly the most solid of the three guys playing corner last year. 

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